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GQ ‘Men Of The Year’ issue

As expected, Benedict is among the featured covers of GQ Men of the Year special issue.

The digital edition, covered by Kim Kardashian, is on sale for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire or Android device right now. The print edition – featuring six limited edition covers starring award winners Kim Kardashian, Van Morrison, Jonah Hill, Ringo Starr, Pharrell Williams and Colin Firth – arrives on newsstands on September 4.

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Emmys: Benedict Cumberbatch Wins Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

It’s elementary: Benedict Cumberbatch is now an Emmy winner.

At Monday’s ceremony, Cumberbatch nabbed the Emmy for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for playing the title character in BBC’s Sherlock.

This is the actor’s first Emmy win after losing in the category the previous two years, in 2012 for Sherlock and last year for Parade’s End. He was not in attendance this year to accept the award. Sherlock also won Emmys this year for writing and for supporting actor Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch beat out frontrunner Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart), along with Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge), Idris Elba (Luther) and Martin Freeman (Fargo).

Benedict’s Recent Films Nominated for an MTV Movie Award

Benedict’s recent films, ’12 Years a Slave,’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ have been nominated for an MTV Movie Award.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR
 “12 Years a Slave”
 “American Hustle”
 “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
 “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
 “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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Benedict’s Recent Films Nominated for Several Saturn Awards

A few of Benedict’s films, including Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and 12 Years a Slave, have been nominated for Saturn awards.

BEST FANTASY FILM

ABOUT TIME – Universal Pictures
HER – Warner Bros.
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG  – New Line / MGM / Warner Bros.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER – Warner Bros.
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL – Walt Disney Studios
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY – 20th Century Fox

BEST DIRECTOR

J.J. ABRAMS – Star Trek Into Darkness  / Paramount Pictures
PETER BERG – Lone Survivor / Universal Pictures
ALFONSO CUARON – Gravity / Warner Bros.
PETER JACKSON – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug / New Line / MGM / Warner Bros.
FRANCIS LAWRENCE – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Lionsgate
GUILLERMO DEL TORO – Pacific Rim / Warner Bros.

BEST SPECIAL / VISUAL EFFECTS

TIM WEBBER,CHRIS LAWRENCE,DAVID SHIRK,NEIL CORBOULD:
Gravity – Warner Bros.

JOE LETTERI,ERIC SAINDON,DAVID CLAYTON,ERIC REYNOLDS:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – New Line / MGM / Warner Bros.

JOE LETTERI,JOHN DESJARDIN,DAN LEMMON:
Man of Steel – Warner Bros.

JOHN KNOLL,JAMES E. PRICE,CLAY PINNEY,ROCCO LARIZZA:
Pacific Rim – Warner Bros.

ROGER GUYETT,PATRICK TUBACH,BEN GROSSMAN,BURT DALTON:
Star Trek Into Darkness – Paramount Pictures

JAKE MORRISON,PAUL CORBOULD,MARK BREAKSPEAR:
Thor: The Dark World – Marvel / Walt Disney

BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM

ENDER’S GAME – Summit / Lionsgate
GRAVITY – Warner Bros.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE – Lionsgate
PACIFIC RIM – Warner Bros.
RIDDICK – Universal Pictures
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS – Paramount Pictures

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

DANIEL BRUHL – Rush / Universal Pictures
GEORGE CLOONEY – Gravity / Warner Bros.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH – Star Trek Into Darkness / Paramount Pictures
HARRISON FORD – Ender’s Game / Summit / Lionsgate
TOM HIDDLESTON – Thor: The Dark World / Marvel / Walt Disney
BEN KINGSLEY – Iron Man 3 / Marvel / Walt Disney
BILL NIGHY – About Time / Universal Picture

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

12 YEARS A SLAVE – Fox Searchlight
GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Main Street Films
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – CBS Films
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN – Sony Pictures Classics
OUT OF THE FURNACE – Relativity Media
UPSIDE DOWN – Millennium Entertainment

 

Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Sherlock” On Entertainment Weekly Cover.

Benedict Cumberbatch is on the cover to this week’s Entertainment Weekly magazine in honor of the USA release of Sherlock tomorrow night on PBS! You can check out the cover image here in the gallery.

What will fans of British detective shows, Benedict Cumberbatch, and/or super-cool long overcoats be doing this weekend? Why, that’s easy to deduce: They’ll be watching Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the long-awaited season 3 premiere of Sherlock, the updated revamp of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic sleuthing tales which debuts on PBS’s Masterpiece this coming Sunday.

It’s been almost two years since the show was last on the air — which is a long time for fans to ponder just how Sherlock survived his seemingly fatal fall from a hospital roof in the season 2 finale. To mark Holmes’ return to our screens, EW visited with the Sherlock crew in London for a cover story that delves deep into this global phenomenon. Producer Sue Vertue reveals that Cumberbatch did not get the role because of his looks — “When we first cast him, people were saying, ‘You promised us a sexy one!’” — while Freeman reveals that he almost didn’t get cast as Watson at all. The show’s stars and creators preview season 3 which will first reunite our two heroes and find Holmes acting as best man at Watson’s wedding. “It’s going to hit people where they live,” says Freeman of the episode. Cumberbatch, meanwhile, discusses the season’s “chilling” new villain Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), and says he’s completely game to do more Sherlock after this season. Speaking of which, cocreator Steve Moffat tells EW that he and fellow Sherlock overlord Mark Gatiss already know what they want to do for season four. “We’re really excited about where we’re going with it,” says Moffat, who also talks about the future of his other show Doctor Who.

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Benedict Talks “The Fifth Estate” In OnTheRedCarpet Interview

Benedict Cumberbatch got quite the makeover to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate,” which is just one of a whopping five films he appears in this year.

The 37-year-old British actor also put on an Australian accent to play the controversial international figure, whose website contains secret documents and reports, some alleging government corruption, submitted by whistleblowers. “The Fifth Estate,” which he dubbed a “very, very balanced drama,” is set for release on Oct. 18.

OTRC.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of parent company KABC Television sat down with Cumberbatch to talk about the film and his career at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Check out five highlights below and watch VIDEOS of an extended version of the interview, as well as a trailer and clips from the movie, above.

1. His blond Julian Assange hairstyle — not real!

Cumberbatch’s hair (naturally auburn, by the way) was transformed for the film — he traded in the dyed, dark brown, short and messy style he sports for his TV job — he’s the star of the BBC series “Sherlock” — to a sleek, bleached, below-the-ears ‘do similar to Assange’s. It’s a wig, courtesy of makeup artist Christine Blundell.

She won an Oscar for her work in the 1999 film “Topsy-Turvy” and has also been a makeup artist for the “Sherlock Homes” movies, which starred Robert Downey Jr.

“She’s a dear friend and she’s fantastic,” Cumberbatch told OTRC.com. “She knows her stuff, she knows her wigs. She can hide a hairline. It’s remarkable, actually, it’s profoundly good, her work.”

2. … neither were his “Julian Assange” eyes and teeth.

“We also worked with contact lenses and Chris Lyons, a fantastic prosthetic artist, helped me with a set of false dentures to bring this top lip a little bit forward and to try to change the shape of my face a bit,” Cumberbatch, whose real eyes are a combination of light blue, green and hazel, told OTRC.com.

“I mean, I have got this weird kind of triangle, [Assange is] much more sort of round-faced,” he added, regarding the WikiLeaks founder, whose eyes are darker. “But we did what we could with this old mush, so it was great fun.”

3. What “The Fifth Estate” film taught him … (response to fan-submitted question)

“I learned a lot by doing this film, not least the achievements of WikiLeaks before 2010,” Cumberbatch told OTRC.com, citing examples such as the exposure of corruption in Kenya and violence against Tibetan monks. “Endless achievements of exposing the bad and holding people to account. That was a big learning curve for me.”

4. On his long list of acting projects …

Cumberbatch was introduced to U.S. audiences earlier this year via his highly-praised performance as the menacing villain Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness.

In the next few months, you can catch Cumberbatch in not only “The Fifth Estate,” but alongside Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave” (see ) and in the film “August: Osage County,” which has a limited U.S. release on Dec. 25 and stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Also, Cumberbatch voices the part of Smaug the dragon in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which is also set for release in December, and season 3 of “Sherlock” premieres in 2014.

“I’m proud enough of every single project I’m in to be looking forward to it because of the other work that surrounds me, so it’s not all about me and I can genuinely say that it’s varied enough as a slate to not fear too much overexposure. I hope the public agrees.”

5. His biggest inspiration … (response to fan-submitted question)

“Well there are two. My parents,” Cumberbatch told OTRC.com.

Cumberbatch’s mother and father are both actors and appeared together on the BBC series “The Lotus Eaters” in the 1970s.

“Definitely my mum and dad,” Cumberbatch said. “That’s a very easy answer.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Not “An Overnight Success”

His recent rise to fame may seem meteoric but Benedict Cumberbatch is keen to make it clear he’s not an overnight sensation.

“Somebody said to me the other night ‘You’re an overnight success’,” Cumberbatch told US Vogue magazine, “but it didn’t happen overnight.”

The Sherlock star has a point. Like many aspiring British actors his career began with bit-parts in shows like Heartbeat and Silent Witness. Cumberbatch had TV roles in spy drama Spooks and period tale Tipping the Velvet, too, before seriously impressing as Stephen Hawking in a BBC biopic of the physicist.

Earlier film appearances have included parts in The Other Boleyn Girl and as a memorably up-tight University Challenge team captain in Starter for 10.

It’s only in recent years that starring roles in major series like Sherlock and Parade’s End have come along, while his biggest movie part to date – central villain Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness – was only in cinemas this year.

So while Cumberbatch’s career has hardly seen him gain instant fame, it has involved variety – something he says has been important to him since his school days, when he happily switched between muddy rugby fields and the drama studio.

“Everyone was confused” he admits. “‘There’s that chap from the rugby pitch – takes his tackle low and doesn’t complain when he comes out of it badly. And oh, look, there he is wearing a wig and prancing around being Titania, queen of the fairies.’ I covered all bases.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Enjoys Being A Villain

I have added a new photoshoot Benedict did, along with an article that came with it.

Settle in and make yourselves comfortable. Benedict Cumberbatch is taking off his tie.

Only a few minutes into an interview about his villainous turn in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the English actor was all apologies for the distraction. But a painful pinched nerve required some tending to before he walked the red carpet at the New York premiere of J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel.

A pinched nerve in the left shoulder? Perhaps Cumberbatch has been spending too much time in the company of angry Vulcans of late?

“Ah, I see what you did there,” Cumberbatch said with a laugh. “Those who pay attention to these things will notice that’s the one that Zach grabs in the film.”

Zach, of course, is Zachary Quinto, who, in reprising his role as Mr. Spock for “Into Darkness,” spends considerable time pursuing, punching and, yes, Vulcan nerve-pinching his wily foe.

Set roughly one year after the events depicted in Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, “Into Darkness” sees Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew reunite in the face of a new enemy who turns out to be one of the most memorable villains in all of “Trek” lore.

The true identity of Cumberbatch’s character, who’s introduced as John Harrison, has been the subject of widespread speculation since the film headed into production. Abrams is famous for guarding the details of his projects, but “Into Darkness” took the cloak-and-dagger mystery to a new level.

As the film beams into theaters this weekend on a course toward a roughly $100-million opening, the secret is out — the twist has been revealed publicly in at least one film review, on Wikipedia and on the Internet Movie Database. Though as recently as late last week, Cumberbatch, speaking by phone from New York, was keeping mum.

“I think [being surprised by what’s in a film is] a rare thing in our day and age where you have a super saturation of media over-publicizing every detail or spoilers in adverts or trailers,” he said. “That’s what it should be about, going to the movies. It shouldn’t be about ticking off a list of, ‘Yeah, I heard that was going to happen.’”

If anyone should understand the ephemeral nature of mysteries, it’s Cumberbatch. His portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective in the BBC’s “Sherlock” has brought him considerable acclaim and has helped catapult him into a variety of high-profile film roles.

Later this year he’ll appear opposite Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s historical drama “12 Years a Slave”; he’ll take the screen with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”; and he’ll play Julian Assange in the fact-based drama “The Fifth Estate” from director Bill Condon.

He’ll also take center stage as an ancient, powerful dragon in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” when Peter Jackson’s second installment in his planned trilogy opens in December.

Cumberbatch said he tries to trip up expectations in “the politest ways” when choosing roles. “Into Darkness” certainly sees him wearing the mantle of action antihero more overtly than ever before, though it’s the sequences in which he attempts to manipulate Kirk and Spock with his cool intellect and seductive baritone that perhaps most directly capitalize on the actor’s signature skill set.

“Mr. Cumberbatch, pale and intense, has become the object of a global fan cult, and it’s easy to see why,” the New York Times’ A.O. Scott wrote in his review of the film. “He fuses Byronic charisma with an impatient, imperious intelligence that seems to raise the ambient I.Q. whenever he’s on screen.”

Just a few weeks after landing his part (originally offered to Benicio del Toro), Cumberbatch found himself fighting with Vulcans and Klingons, jumping through exploding glass doors on spaceships and running through the streets of Los Angeles, which stood in for the San Francisco of the future where Starfleet Headquarters is based in the film.

“There was one particular moment where I was being dragged along the floor of Playa Vista, the famous Howard Hughes studio, the birthplace of the Spruce Goose, at 60 miles per hour at 1 o’clock in the morning in a spacesuit. My character’s in control, but as an actor, the minute after I did my thing as a character I stood up and said, ‘Did everyone see that? That was amazing, can we do it again?’”

It was an interesting experience for an actor who doesn’t profess to be overly studied on “Trek” canon, though he does have a healthy respect for the creative legacy of “Star Trek” godfather Gene Roddenberry.

“‘Star Trek’ works in subtle ways,” he said. “There’re such condensed, incredibly beautifully drawn characters that are very now even though it’s a future-scape with loads of rich imaginative detail for fans to obsess over. The actual core content of the story is universal in time and place.”

Cumberbatch certainly could have a future with the franchise, though little is clear about what specific shape a third “Trek” film might take. Paramount has said Abrams will at least produce another “Trek” movie, though he’ll next direct a new “Star Wars” film that Disney intends to release in 2015.

For his part, Cumberbatch simply seems to be enjoying his newfound status as a larger-than-life Hollywood heavy. Apparently, evildoing has its own unique rewards.

“I’ve just driven past a phone booth, with my face, the poster they use of me for the film, it’s amazing,” he said. “To be in the middle of New York, a city I’ve always loved, and going to the premiere and seeing myself on a side of a phone booth, I think you’d have to be made of stone not to feel something.”

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Star Trek Into Darkness: How It Was Made, By the People Who Made It

Mary L Mastro (hair department head): Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the last to be cast. He’s our bad guy, and we wanted him to have dark hair, the opposite of our blond Captain Kirk. The day he flew in, JJ called a meeting with the creators involved in what he was going to look like and he walks into the room with super-short blond hair. My mouth dropped open, like, “Oh, great.” We had two weeks before we started shooting, so we had to darken and lengthen his hair. I think they changed the schedule a little to give us more time. There was so much for him to work out for his character; having the look helped him to figure that out.

Martin De Boer (Cumberbatch’s stunt double): I trained one-on-one with him. We did basic martial arts training, showing him how to punch, how to move. He’s very receptive to learning. I’ve had actors who want to be an action star but don’t want to put in the work, and he was the opposite, he said, “I want to train as much as I can.” He was very committed. Besides working with us, he was working with his personal trainer five, six days a week; he really got in shape.

Michael Kaplan (costume designer): For the most part he wears civilian clothes, and I wanted him to be pretty dapper. He wears a number of very long, elegant coats. It’s nice, even in the distance, to be able to recognise a character right away. He’s pretty high fashion-looking.

Martin De Boer: I had to train him in the movements we’d come up with, to make sure we were compatible. Everyone moves differently, so we have to translate those moves, maybe change them so he can get comfortable. A lot of stunt performers make the mistake of trying to put the fight on to the actors, but you want them to make the fight their own. His character is very strong and powerful so he wanted to have more static and powerful movements. That strength changes the rules of the martial arts we use. You don’t have to do five punches, you just have to use a couple of moves and he takes out the guy already.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Beatles Manager Biopic

Benedict Cumberbatch and his Sherlock director Paul McGuigan are teaming up for a biopic about Brian Epstein, the iconic manager of The Beatles.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing via their Playtone banner along with Simon Halfon

Todd Graff wrote the screenplay, whose focus is not a story about The Beatles from Epstein’s point of view but the story of Epstein himself.

Sometimes called the “fifth Beatle,” Epstein signed the band in 1961 — before Beatlemania hit — and died in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose. He was a closet homosexual and suffered from gambling and drug addictions — and was many times the glue that held the band together. The producers describe the project as the story of “the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself.”

UTA is arranging the financing and will represent the film for sale.

The casting news arrives as another Brian Epstein project, dubbed The Fifth Beatle, is coming together from author Vivek J. Tiwary, who will write and produce a big-screen adaptation of his graphic novel. That project has secured the rights to inlude Beatles songs from Sony/ATV, which controls the John Lennon/Paul McCartney music catalogue.

McGuigan is the main director of Sherlock, having directed four out of the six episodes of the hit BBC show (which has sold to more than 160 countries) and that earned Cumberbatch an Emmy nomination this year.

The actor, who had a role in Playtone’s 2006 feature Starter for 10, is playing the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness and appears with Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in Twelve Years a Slave. He is also appearing in The Weinstein Co.’s adaptation of August: Osage County, where he will play Meryl Streep’s nephew.

He is repped by UTA and John Grant at Conway Van Gelder Grant in the U.K.

McGuigan, repped by WME, Generate and the U.K.’s Curtis Brown Group, is attached to direct Fox’s untitled Frankenstein project and directed the 2009 Chris Evans action thriller Push.

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